Updated May 16th, 2020
ALL TOGETHER- ALONE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Center's Quilters are sewing Homemade Face Masks to help fulfill the need in the area. If you would like a mask, call the Center at 541-296-4788 and leave your name, phone number, address and the number of masks you need.
The Center is closed and all classes and activities are canceled except for MEDICARE HELP (call the local coordinator at 541-288-8341) and the MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET (call 541-296-4788 to see if we have the equipment you need and to schedule a time for pick-up.)
TAX AIDE has been canceled indefinitely but the filing date has been extended to July 15th. I have not heard if or when the program will start again.
The eligibility for a home delivered meal has changed to include anyone 60 and over. If you would like a home delivered meal call Meals-on-Wheels at 541-298-8333 or if you would like to pick up a meal call before 10:00 and pick up your meal at noon but not before.
CIRCLES OF CARE
Circles of Care is looking for older adults who are self-isolating and need support during these difficult times. Because of the situation they are limiting their assistance to picking up groceries and check-in calls. Call Gracen at 541-397-0724 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging Well March 17
Here I am, starting my tenth and probably last book. I may even finish it. Then again, it may finish me.
I know what you're thinking: That can't be George Burns saying that. George Burns is an optimist. On his last special, didn't we all hear him say, "I've had a very exciting life. And I expect the second half to be just as exciting"?
You're right, I did say that. I also said, "When the Man knocks on your door, you have to go. When He knocks on my door, I'm not opening it." And then I said, "I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left."
I did a lot of lines like that then, but that was before I fell backward into my bathtub and cracked my head open. Things haven't been the same. Well, the bathtub is the same. But I'm not.
That doesn't mean I'm giving up. Far from it. I'm still an optimist. But I'm not stupid. That nurse isn't watching me all day to see if my toupee is on straight.
Look I'm not complaining. I still get to my office every day, still play a little bridge, still smoke my cigars, still can down a martini or two, and I have to say, I probably watch that nurse more than she watches me. I have lots to be grateful for. When I was singing with the Peewee Quartet ninety-three years ago, I couldn't have imagined the career I've had. It wouldn't have happened without Gracie. And it wouldn't have happened without all the loyal fans who stayed with me through the hits and flops, the good jokes and the bad ones.
I can't put each of you in my will. I can't even thank you enough. But there is something I can do, and that's the reason for this book - to leave you with 100 of my best, funniest stories. That's one for each year. See, I can still count too. When I've finished it, I hope it's a collection you'll enjoy not only now, but will want to go back to again and again for years to come.
George Burns November 1995
One more thing: While I was writing that last paragraph, the nurse straightened my toupee.
Now the sun is shining and the wind is blowing, Saturday Breakfast is back on the 21st with a big thank-you to this month's sponsor, Cherry Heights Retirement Community. Breakfast starts at 8:00 and the cost is $5.00 for the general public and $4.00 for Center members. The Jazz Generations will be performing at the Center on Tuesday the 24th starting at 7:00 and on Sunday the 22nd the Jammers will be at the Center from 2:00 - 5:00.
And of special note, the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River as part of the Art Heals - Birth to Death art show continuing through March 29th is hosting several interactive events on March 22nd: Intentional Aging at 2:00; Love is the Reason at 3:00 ; Aging Artfully an inspirational video at 4:00. For more information call 541-387-8877.
Until we meet again, as Kenny Rogers would sing about life "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em".
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